Brain Food Snacks for Middle Schoolers #BigFatNotebooks

Brain Food Snacks for Middle Schoolers - This Mama Loves

Brain Food Snacks for Middle Schoolers It's hard to believe but we are already wrapping up the first quarter of middle school for the oldest MiniMartin and I'm happy to report that it wasn't as scary as I thought it was going to be!  I mean it's been really scary for me- but she's been breezing ...

Off The Tongues of Toilet Training Toddlers: Funny Moments in Potty Training

Off The Tongues of Toilet Training Toddlers: Funny Moments in Potty Training

This post is sponsored by Pull-Ups® Training Pants. All opinions are my own. With seven children between us – five who've successfully learned to use the potty and two who are in the process – we've heard just about everything under the sun during the various stages of potty training.  We've all heard the phrase "kids say the ...

Risk Factors for Preterm Birth

Risk Factors for Preterm Labor

My husband and I have a BIG blended family.  Between us we have 7 children,  SEVEN!  When we got married 8 years ago we each came to the marriage with two children and eventually we decided to have a child together (and another, and another).  Both of his children were born at full term and ...

Back to School Options for Moms

Back to School Options for Mom

This post is sponsored by and crafted with Capella University; however, all opinions are my own. If you are like us, the dust has started to settle and the kids are back in school.  The peace and quiet is nice at first and you can get things caught up that had fallen behind over the ...

Starting Fresh with a Medicine Cabinet in a New Home

New House, New Medicine Cabinet Tips (This Mama Loves)

This new house, new medicine cabinet post was sponsored by Pfizer Consumer Healthcare. All opinions are my own. Moving to a new home is full of lots of emotions.  LOTS and lots and lots for all of us, not just me.  It's a really big deal for me, for my husband, and for the kids.  Even ...

Learn More with Educational Apps for Kids #AmznUnderground

Learn More with Educational Apps for Kids

Our daughter might be born to be a teacher.  She loves to help our three toddlers learn new things.  Colors, shapes, counting, you name it, she’s helped them learn it.  As they get a little bit older, she’s been starting to use her smartphone or our Fire to help her out as she is determined ...

4 Reasons Quality Sleep is Important for Kids and Teens

4 Reasons Quality Sleep is Important for Kids and Teens

Back to school, back to school, back to school.  Seems like it’s a never ending rush this time of year that leaves everyone worn out.  The initial back to school craziness is out of the way but that just means the start of extracurricular activities.  We have two middle schoolers who do both band and ...

The love of a stuffed animal and #NationalTeddyBearDay

One thing that's an almost universal constant for kids is a stuffed animal to love.  Maybe all aren't legit Teddy Bears, but the concept and overwhelming adoration runs deep for the stuffed friends that our kids grow so attached to. They are playmates and security blankets and so much more... and I'm so happy to ...

Getting back into the school routine #SickJustGotReal

Getting back into a school routine- This Mama Loves

Getting back into the school routine There’s nothing better than slipping into a summer routine. Sleeping in late, staying up until all hours of the night, adventures and visits and trips, and, well, in our house, that school year schedule flies out the window. We're in the midst of summer mode, and we’re currently trying to get ...

Sporting the Right Lens for Action Photography

Sporting the Right Lens for Action Photography- This Mama Loves

Sporting the Right Lens for Action Photography   Thank you to Steve Chesler for these great tips on how to find the right lens for action photography- and the amazing photos!  To be honest, photographing children playing sports might be one of the most difficult tasks out there. There’s not much between capturing the perfect action picture and ...